WKU drops first game of series with Middle Tennessee, 3-2

Nick Bratcher

WKU needs just one win in its three games against Middle Tennessee this week to get a taste of the Sun Belt Conference’s postseason tournament.

Wednesday proved sour for the Lady Toppers (26-26, 7-15 Sun Belt Conference), though, losing to MTSU, 3-2.

Head Coach Tyra Perry declined to comment to the Herald after the game.

WKU drops to eighth place in the Sun Belt after losing to the Blue Raiders, just a half-game ahead of North Texas, which has completed its in-conference play already.

The Lady Toppers now need at least one win in their doubleheader Saturday against MTSU to secure a place in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, which takes just the top eight teams from regular season conference play.

But first, the Lady Toppers will play a doubleheader Thursday at Murray State at 3 and 5 p.m. before returning home for their Sun Belt showdown Saturday.

Wednesday’s game started rocky for WKU as MTSU pulled ahead, 2-0, in the first inning on an RBI single from Brittney Banania and an RBI sacrifice fly from Corrie Abel.

Sophomore left fielder Ciara Garcia answered for the Lady Toppers to tie the game, 2-2, scoring as sophomore catcher Karavin Dew hit an RBI fielder’s choice in the fourth inning and hitting a game-tying solo home run in the fifth inning..

But MTSU set the final tally in the sixth inning as Nina Davenport scored on a wild pitch to give the Blue Raiders the win.